Andrew Gosling's World Superbike Phillip Island Testing Shots, Day 1

One Chaz takes over from another. Chaz Davies takes over the bike and race number of retired champion Carlos Checa

New boy on a new bike. Geoff May takes the EBR 1190 for a spin

Ready? Then we'll begin

Loris Baz, on fire at PI

Perhaps the prettiest paint job in WSS, the Pata Honda, this one featuring Lorenzo Zanetti

Innovation in WSBK. But will Erik Buell's rim brakes hold up to the rigours of World Superbike racing?

Pondering the future. Can Kenan Sofuoglu bag his fourth WSS title?

Johnny Rea. Will things get any easier for him this year?

Another new bike. This time, the MV Agusta, before the clutch is tucked away under its cover

Aaron Yates, still plenty of style despite his age

PJ Jacobsen impressed in BSB. Time to shake up World Supersport

First, though, he will have to beat this man

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first saw that innovation on the carbon framed Skoal Bandit Suzuki RG500 back in the 80's. Always wondered why it never caught on... thoughts David?

The advantages are a lower rotating mass, but the disadvantages are that the brakes tend to overheat and they tend to make the bike sit up under braking. Or at least, that's what those who have ridden Buells in anger have told me.